Gov. Tim Kaine, DNC Chaiman writes:
I was delighted to share the news yesterday that the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina. To reach this point, we undertook an extensive search, and I'm confident that Charlotte is an ideal location.
There were other great places in consideration -- St Louis, Cleveland, Minneapolis. All had strong points, all would have been fine host cities, and we're grateful for their participation throughout the year.
In choosing Charlotte, we selected a city with a vibrant economy, a city that has successfully transitioned from the industries of the past to the businesses of the future, a place that values innovation and hard work. As a city, it embodies the vision the President set out in his State of the Union address.
Three years ago, President Obama won in North Carolina, the first Democrat to do so since 1976. As we approach the next presidential election, I want to be clear that we have no intention of shrinking the electoral map—we are looking to expand it. Charlotte helps to make that case, and the work that we will do in the lead up to the convention, the work that volunteers on the ground are already doing – the organizing, the community outreach—will help us keep North Carolina blue in 2012.
On September 3, 2012, I hope Democrats from across the country will join me in North Carolina to renominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a second term—and help propel them to victory.
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